A special Library of Congress traveling exhibition – mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck – will visit Downtown Pittsfield on Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, August 20. The free public exhibit, which will open for August Third Thursday, is housed in a trailer that expands to three times its road width; and visitors enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-style exhibits.
Exhibits showcase high-quality facsimiles of treasures from the LOC collection, including: the 1507 Waldseemuller Map, the first document to use the word “America”; the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand, with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1982 drawing for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s “Frog-i-More Rag”; and Walt Whitman’s poem, “Leaves of Grass.”
The exhibit will be open Thursday evening, August 18, 5 pm – 9 pm; Friday & Saturday, August 19 & 20, 10 am – 6 pm.
The exhibit and its national tour are made possible by the support of the Rapoport family.